Sustainable coffee brand toasts ‘fuelling stations’ deal with major hotel group
PUBLISHED: 10:56 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:09 04 July 2018
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A Suffolk craft coffee maker which works to grow its beans sustainably in Africa has beaten back competition from global brands to win a long-term deal with the Marriott Hotels chain to provide ‘fuelling stations’ for guests.
Paddy & Scott’s outlets will be appearing in hotels around the country following a successful pilot of pop-ups at the Leicester Marriott Hotel.
From July, the company, based at Earl Soham, near Framlingham, is rolling them out across much of the hotel group’s UK portfolio, with more than 40 hosting them.
Paddy & Scott’s uses compostable cups and sources its coffee from its own farm in Kenya - Muchomba farm - to ensure quality of life for the farming families. It has also invested in a school project over there, and as part of the new relationship with the group, the Marriott logo will sit at the Ruiga School in Kenya alongside Paddy & Scott’s.
Founder and chief executive Scott Russell said the company had been helped by its “unique story of provenance and track record of increasing coffee sales for our customers”, adding that he was “proud” to see its brand appearing in the hotels.
“Marriott’s decision to award this contract to Paddy & Scott’s is a real endorsement that our commitment to revolutionise the traditional world coffee supply is worth the fight.”
He added: “We’ve invested our passion, time and resources, working direct with the Muchomba family and the wider community.
“We share their pain, joys and genuinely feel tremendous pride when we see our name over the farm entrance.
“We wait with bated breath for the result of the early fly crop harvest, see the results of work we’re doing at the school and the positive effect it has on the children of our farm workers.”
Sean Kelly, area operations director at Marriott UK said: “The Paddy & Scott’s story really appeals. Great tasting coffee, an ethical approach to business, compostable cups and a strong brand experience makes it a great fit for Marriott.”
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